Up and Down the Avenue – 01/28/04

“Weather Man” writer Steve Conrad is also co-producing with Todd Black and Penny Rose. Besides Nicolas Cage, it stars Hope Davis and Michael Caine. Filming starts here Feb. 23.

Tatham’s recent cutback of 12-15 staffers was due to mainly Alberto-Culver’s cutback. Reduction represents 16% of the agency’s employees, out of 500-600 persons.

Joyce Davis is the IFO’s new diversity officer, coming from a lengthy background in state politics. Her appointment brings the total number of IFO staffers to a record nine.

Monaghan + Halpine represent recently formed L.A.-based D5 in the Midwest. Managing director Chris Kantrowitz and executive producer Amber Ventris are D5 owners.

Be glad you don’t work for Kraft Foods. It’s cutting 6,000 jobs, closing 20 plants and taking $1.2 billion hit. . Expect Kraft agencies also to be affected.

Gameplan Branding Group is the new sports/entertainment firm of sports agent Steve Mandell and ex-NVU Programs CCO Tom O’Grady.

The accountant accused of embezzling $260K from Ch. 11, Fe Corizon Cruz-Fabunan, surrendered to Chicago police.